By ATWadmin On January 9th, 2008 at 7:52 am
The UK’s Justice Secretary (An oxymoron in every sense of the word) Jack Straw has censured a magistrate who refused to deal with a case in which a Muslim woman wore a face veil to court.
Straw issued a formal reprimand to Magistrate Ian Murray even though Mr Straw himself famously asks women to remove their veils in his constituency office. Mr Straw said in October 2006 that veils were "a statement of separation and difference". Philip Davies, Tory MP for Shipley, a West Yorkshire constituency with a strong Muslim presence, said: "He is a complete hypocrite".
Of course he is a complete hypocrite and a pathetic dhimmi to boot. Straw chooses to censure the magistrate who rightly made a stand against the intrusion of Islam into the British courtroom. Had Straw any credibility, he would have supported Ian Murray and censured the Muslim woman who had shown such contempt for the Court concerned. This is how militant Islam is emboldened, it sees craven hypocrites such as the UK Justice Secretary rolling over to accept Islamic codes rather than standing up for the values of Great Britain.
As you can see from the attached image, it would be totally irresponsible to allow someone to come to court dressed from head to toe in Islamic garb. Yet that is exactly what Straw endorses.
By ATWadmin On January 9th, 2008 at 7:41 am
When a driver kills a person through careless driving, in future the penalty for such a crime will be a community sentence. The Sentencing Guidelines Council (SGC) is expected to recommend that community penalties for drivers who kill someone after momentarily losing concentration. The government proposed the new crime of causing death by careless driving after calls from road safety groups. It will now carry a maximum five-year sentence, with the recommended minimum penalty expected to be non-custodial.
Surely this is entirely inadequate and it appears that this is being driven, if you’ll pardon the expression, by a desire on the part of Government to stop people going to our packed prisons. To cause someone’s death through reckless driving is a serious crime and surely the idea that people can get away with a community sentence and not even lose their license is misguided?
By ATWadmin On January 9th, 2008 at 7:13 am
Following on from Patty’s post, it’s interesting to hear Hillary Clinton and John McCain being presented in the media this morning as the "Comeback Kid" for the Dem’s and GOP respectively.
In the case of Mrs Clinton, I think her victory is indeed a surprise – I don’t think any of the MSM pundits were predicting it. Certainly here in the UK, we have been regaled by recent stories of a huge surge of voters for Obama, which indicated a major humiliation for Clinton. Didn’t happen – so once again the electorate get the better of the pundits, which I personally think is a GOOD thing!
Of course it is all just a media induced distraction, as I think the main action lies in the next month when the Nation speaks more broadly. Iowa and New Hampshire seem to be two delightful oddities, rather like the candidates they selected.
The polls have proven to be very misleading on this occassion, and I will be interested to hear the major pollsters try and explain away the gross error of their predictions. I have to say that I am personally glad Hillary won as I think she gives the GOP its’ best chance to get a candidate back into the White House. She is a substantial figure but a seriously divisise figure who cannot unite the USA and I would trust the electorate as a whole will reject her come the day.
On the GOP side, McCain winning this State is not a surprise. He won it before, didn’t do him any good. Romney and Giuliani still represent the best chances on the Republican side. and I think that in retrospect, Iowa and New Hampshire will be seen as a big nothing. (But fun to watch all the hyperbole!)
By ATWadmin On January 9th, 2008 at 6:21 am
With 91% of New Hampshire precincts reporting their results for the US Presidential nomination, the real loser in the race is definitely the Mainstream Media. Once again, the media exhibited misguided herd mentality by reading some tea leaves and then predicting humiliating defeat for Hillary Clinton.
With 91% of the precincts reporting, results are as follows:
39% Clinton 37% McCain
36% Obama 32% Romney
17% Edwards 11% Huckabee
Will we hear mea culpas coming from any pundits on TV? What do you think?
Note that these elections are for delegates and the candidate with the most delegates wins the nomination. For the Republicans, Mitt Romney is ahead with 24 pledged delegates. Huckabee follows with 18, Mccain with 10 and Giuliani with 0.
So, the race is far from over for either the Democrats or the Republicans. And both fields are wide open. My recommendation? Don’t believe what the pundits on the television set are saying.
By ATWadmin On January 8th, 2008 at 10:41 pm
…whilst plotting out an alternative school route to avoid the half-mile in 25 minutes scenario we experienced today, this is for those who are geeky enough to stay up for the Primary results or other things that beckon you to the small hours.
Go to 50 degrees, 48′, 18.73 North, and 1 degrees, 30′, 17.66 West on Google Earth for a local Christchurch farmer with a sense of humour.
By ATWadmin On January 8th, 2008 at 9:30 pm
The sheer fanaticism that drives militant Islam is evident in the truly bizarre news that a lawyer for three Islamic militants convicted for their role in the 2002 Bali bombings says the mode of their upcoming execution violates Islamic law. Their lawyer, Achmad Michdan, says the men prefer to be executed by beheading rather than firing squad, which is Indonesia’s normal mode of execution.
So, even as they approach death, they would rather be beheaded in order to keep the faith. These are people beyond all reason and who should most definitely not be granted their wish.
Hat-tip to Little Green Footballs
By ATWadmin On January 8th, 2008 at 4:09 pm
Here’s an interesting article on the sheer folly that President Bush is pursuing with regard to the situation in the Middle East.
"Saul Bellow once observed that a great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. President Bush’s ill-advised trip to Jerusalem and the West Bank this week to promote a "two-state solution" would seem to underscore the wisdom of Bellow’s insight.
The presumed aim of Bush’s visit, the first of his presidency, is to revive the goals of November’s all-but-forgotten Annapolis summit. There the president imperiously decided that all that was needed for a final peace settlement to be reached between Israel and the Palestinians was for two leaders with no popular constituency on their respective sides to decide that it should be so. Bush duly met with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and read from a statement in which the parties promised, not a little ambitiously, to resolve "all outstanding issues, including core issues, without exception" in 2008.
It all might have ended happily at that point, with both sides having savored their share of the international spotlight, were it not for Bush’s hopelessly naïve conviction that the grand promises of the summit had any foundation in reality. "
I agree that Bush has been a reasonably good friend to Israel, though with the US State Department being endemically pro-Arabist this benefit has been somewhat ameliorated. But the idea that he can solve the deep-seated problems in this region by creating a terror State is seriously misguided. It will come to nothing, and the photocall ain’t worth the effort.
By ATWadmin On January 8th, 2008 at 3:29 pm
Rush Limbaugh is a strong, principled conservative voice in America, and a welcome, needed presence in the overwhelming liberal world of media. I am not alone when I say that he is my favorite radio host; he is heard on more than 600 radio and enjoys more than 20 million listeners
It is with great pleasure, then, to announce that HUMAN EVENTS has awarded Rush Limbaugh the honor of its 2007 Man of the Year Award. Mark R. Levin writes:
"His (Rush Limbaugh’s) opinions are principled and consistent. He has a brilliant mind and a voracious appetite for knowledge and truth, all of which he uses behind his golden EIB microphone to teach and persuade as he cuts through the daily media clutter. He has the guts to say what so many of us are thinking to ourselves. And Rush’s likable and optimistic personality and entertaining style attract increasing numbers of conservative adherents. Liberals consider Rush and his talk show the greatest threats to their agenda and pursuit of power, and they’re right." (my emphasis)
By ATWadmin On January 8th, 2008 at 3:24 pm
I know it’s early days but it does appear that Hillary Clinton is going to lose to Obama in New Hampshire. The media appears to be going with Obama and his silly message of "change" appears to have caught the liberal imagination. But what thoughts are going through the minds of Bill and Hillary Clinton this evening? It strikes me that Hillary has had her eyes fixed on a return to the White House ever since she and her husband were thrown out of it and sees this as her destiny. But politics is a funny business, which is why so many comedians enter it and it could be that she really will be thwarted by Obama.
I’m not sure just how meaningful New Hampshire and Iowa actually are – but I suppose we can conclude that there will be no easy ride for Mrs Clinton despite her so-called "experience". Although I am an implacable opponent of the values of the modern Democrat Party, I do wonder if Dem supporters are just SICK off the Clintons, as I am sure many GOP supporters are sick of the Bush dynasty. It will be interesting to see the final results as they unfold in the Granite State but it looks to me that Hillary’s ambitions are less than rock solid!
By ATWadmin On January 8th, 2008 at 9:22 am
It all seems so logical, doesn’t it? Heat created by burning the dead at crematoria could be used to keep mourners warm under plans to make funerals more environmentally-friendly!
Instead of letting the gases emitted by cremation escape into the atmosphere, councils want to use them to heat radiators or even generate electricity. Harmful mercury emissions are created by cremating those with old tooth fillings. To meet tough pollution targets, imposed by the EU, councils are having to fit filters to crematoria. Cremation requires temperatures of as much as 1,000C but this must be reduced to around 160C for the mercury to be removed, which requires heat exchangers to be installed in chimneys. This involves passing the hot fumes through what are effectively cold water radiators. They absorb much of the heat and it is this which can be reused.
I hate the idea of cremation and find this notion of using the heat created by burning the dead to keep mourners nice and toasty warm repulsive!